The painful semimembranosus syndrome

N. Halperin, A. Axer

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This preliminary report presents 68 middle-aged patients with pain over the medial aspect of the knee and localized tenderness over the insertion of the semimembranosus tendon onto the posteromedial aspect of the uppermost part of the tibia. This 'painful semimembranosus syndrome' is due to an inflammatory and degenerative process in the tendon, similar to the bicipital groove disease of the proximal part of the humerus of De Quervain's syndrome in the wrist. Local injections of 1% xylocain plus depomedrol gave complete or almost complete relief from pain in over 90% of 32 patients with this syndrome. The results were inferior when bursitis of the pes anserinus, or osteoarthritis of the knee were also present.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)329-330+354
Issue number10
StatePublished - 1978
Externally publishedYes


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